The author chose to start the story with a confrontation between characters and to share the background information later. How does this choice most affect the story?

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Right at the beginning of “All the Years of Her Life” by Morley Callaghan, the reader witnesses how Alfred Higgins is getting into trouble at work. However, while the story is told by an omniscient narrator, the reader, on the other hand, is initially unaware of any background information. This allows the reader to embark on a journey of discovery almost parallel to Alfred Higgins’s own journey of coming to understand his mother better.

Alfred is caught stealing goods from the drugstore, which he first denies but later admits. When Mr. Carr calls Alfred’s mother, asking her to come to the shop, most readers would at this point jump to the conclusion...

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Last Updated by eNotes Editorial on October 23, 2019